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Cultural exemptions at risk in NAFTA renegotiations: Nantel

Media | 05/04/2017 8:42 pm EDT

NDP heritage critic Pierre Nantel is raising the alarm that cultural protection could be on the chopping block if a wholesale renegotiation of the country’s trade agreement with the United States and Mexico occurs, and is asking the heritage minister to take a stand. In an opinion piece published in French-language newspaper Le Devoir Wednesday, Nantel said Canadian — and specifically, Quebecois — culture is at risk as more people turn to foreign digital platforms like the over-the-top (OTT) service offered by Netflix Inc., where domestic content isn’t a priority. In the article, Nantel said Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly was evasive when asked about NAFTA, adding that President Donald Trump’s administration is looking to insert clauses...